Senior Research Fellows/Postdocs (m/f/d)
in Economics or Management

Please follow the link below to submit your application.

Note that only applications with a CV, Job Market Paper, Cover Letter and Research Statement will be accepted. Please upload your documents as PDF files. Use the section “Documents” to upload your CV and Cover Letter, and upload your Job Market Paper and Research Statement under “Optional further documents”.

Application Link

See below for further information.

Job Opening

The Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, headed by Prof. Dietmar Harhoff, invites outstanding and motivated researchers to apply as Postdocs in Economics or Management. The term of appointment is three years, but can be extended to six years.

Researchers at the Institute are expected to independently carry out basic research in the fields of

  • Innovation (e.g., in the context of intellectual property rights, industrial organization, trade, labor and health markets, digitization, economics of science as well as innovation and technology management)
  • Entrepreneurship (e.g., entrepreneurial finance, entrepreneurship education, entrepreneurial teams)
  • Behavioral Foundations (e.g., incentives for creativity, innovation motives and behavior, inventor characteristics and personality)

They publish their work in leading academic journals. The Institute provides access to an outstanding research infrastructure, including large-scale databases and its own experimental laboratory. The working language is English.

Application Procedure

We strongly encourage candidates to apply before 20 November 2019, but we will accept applications until 31 January 2020. We will interview shortlisted candidates at the EEA meeting in Rotterdam or via Skype.

About the Position

  • The term of appointment is three years, but can be extended to six years.
  • The position does not include teaching obligations.
  • The gross salary is based on the Labor Agreement for Public Service (TVöD) and ranges initially, depending on prior work experience, between 54,633 EUR and 63,326 EUR annually.

Required Qualifications

  • Candidates are expected to hold a Ph.D. in economics or business administration, or be close to finishing their Ph.D., and have a strong background either in applied econometrics or in experimental economics.
  • The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are under-represented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more handicapped individuals and especially encourages them to apply.


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The Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition is committed to fundamental legal and economic research on processes of innovation and competition and their regulation. Our research focuses on the incentives, determinants and implications of innovation. With an outstanding international team of scholars and excellent scientific and administrative infrastructure including our renowned library, we host academics from all over the world and actively promote young researchers. We inform and guide legal and economic discourse on an impartial basis. As an independent research institution, we provide evidence-based research results to academia, policymakers, the private sector as well as the general public.

More on the department Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research here.

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